Agenda – Scottish News


The next important step in the business of governing Scotland takes place later today at Holyrood when the conveners of the 14 committees will be elected. The number of convenerships goes roughly according to the number of seats each party has in Parliament, so the SNP will take eight chairs, Labour four, and ‘the others’ divide up the remaining two. By convention, each party’s nominee is usually elected unopposed.  These are important roles in Parliament as there is no revising or second chamber in Holyrood and the committees are responsible for scrutinising proposed legislation.

The debate on the Taking Scotland Forward statement by the Government continues this afternoon.

The vote on whether Sepp Blatter continues as FIFA President is expected later today despite the Scottish and English FAs trying to get it postponed so that FIFA can sort out its corruption issues.

If Blatter gets in, and he looks a certainty as he’s the only one standing, he might just take revenge and allow all those people in FIFA who hate the existence of four separate home nations to have their way and force the UK to have just one FA. In which case Alex Salmond could hold the independence referendum the following day and be guaranteed victory.

Also in sport, Andy Murray will face Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the quarter-finals of the French Open, which should be shown on BBC
2 at 3pm-ish. Murray has only lost once to Chela, but the ankle injury he suffered against Victor Troicki in their epic fourth round match is still bothering him.

Expect him to be British again tonight, i.e he will win.


Most papers have their take on the ongoing Supreme Court row  with the Herald reporting that Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill may pull the plug on Scotland’s finances for the London-based court.

The Scotsman reports on the First Minister’s wish for the issue to be sorted out in the Scotland Bill, while The Sun reports that Mr Salmond is putting together a top team of Scottish legal eagles to fight the issue.

Watch out for a special investigation into the Supreme Court’s effect on Scots law which will be published tomorrow.

The Daily Record has the sadly distressing story of the desecration of the grave in Greenock of Afghan war hero Lance Corporal Stephen Monkhouse, who won a posthumous Military Cross after being killed while trying to save a colleague. Drunken youths are blamed by the late Scots Guard’s mother.